SPHeRE Scholar Application Procedure 2023-2024

Apply to the SPHeRE PhD Programme

There are three modes of application for entry to the SPHeRE Structured PhD Programme:

  1. The first mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as a HRB SPHeRE Funded Scholar (full-time)
  2. These second mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as a Self-Funded scholar (part-time or full-time)
  3. The third mode is for individual applicants who wish to enrol on the Programme as an alternatively funded scholar.

Funding Bodies (such as charities, philanthropic organisations or employers) or PIs/Supervisors  that has funding for a Scholar or a tied bursary (either externally funded or tied to their own institutions) that can fund a Scholar for 4 years can also apply for inclusion of their candidate on the Programme.
No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme.
Please contact SPHeRE Programme Manager Katherine Walsh at katherinewalsh@rcsi.com for further information.

 

 1. Individual applicants: HRB SPHeRE Funded (full-time only)

Individual applicants may apply for entry to the SPHeRE Structured PhD Programme.

Applicants who wish to apply for a SPHeRE funded Scholarship will be able to submit an application form once the Call for Projects is closed and the six chosen projects are available to view on the SPHeRE website. This is likely to be early March. Please check this page then for further details.

The six chosen projects will fall under the following project areas:

  • Health policy and systems research
  • Health service and technology evaluation
  • Population health research

Projects will be linked to an institution and so Scholars may be based at any one of the following nine institutions to which the project is linked:

  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin (TCD)
  • University College Cork (UCC)
  • The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
  • The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (MU)
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • University of Limerick (UL)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Technological University Dublin (TUD)

It will not be possible for Scholars to move a project to their preferred institution

The deadline for applications and interview dates will be published here in early March.

 

2.  Individual applicants: Self-Funded Scholar (part-time or full-time)

Individual self-funded applicants, either full-time or part-time, who either do not apply for a HRB SPHeRE Scholarship, or are not successful in receiving one, but are deemed suitable for entry to the SPHeRE Programme may register at any one of the above nine institutions where the relevant University registrations and fees are payable.
No additional fees are payable to the SPHeRE Programme.

The application process for self-funded Scholars will open up at the same time as the HRB SPHeRE Funded Scholarship process, which is likely to be early March. Please check this page then for further details.

The deadline for applications and interview dates will be published here in early March.

 

3.  Individual applicants: Alternatively Funded Scholarship

If you wish to apply as an Alternatively Funded Scholar (meaning you already have a source of funding from a workplace, institution etc.) please contact SPHeRE Programme Manager Katherine Walsh at katherinewalsh@rcsi.com

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis for candidates who are alternatively funded.

 

If you have any questions about the SPHeRE Programme or application process
please contact sphereprogramme@gmail.com